celestial-fox:

Looking like a wizard with the Blackmagic Design camera.
Hello! I started my dreads about two months ago (t&r) and I am doing ok in terms if maintaining them myself, but I'd like to find a salon for more thorough maintenance. I live in NorCal, and I saw the post asking about salons in California, so I was wondering if anybody ever gave you any answers on that, or if you knew of any salons. Thank you! (If you don't mind, please answer publicly so that your followers may also be able to help)

anabelle80

Hi,

Sorry this took so long. I noticed we had this message a long while ago, but it disappeared from the inbox—so I assumed that one of our other mods took care of it! But I’m using a new computer today, and I noticed it was still there!

I couldn’t find anyone on this map in NorCal, so I don’t have many other suggestions!

However, you can call around salons in your area and ask if any stylists offer locking services for your hair type. If not, be sure to ask if the salon knows of anyone who has experience maintaining locks.

Also look around Craigslist—you’d be surprised what you can find!

But no matter which way you choose, be sure to ask lots of questions. When you find someone who claims to have experience with setting up and maintaining locks, look at their portfolio—do they know how to work with your hair texture? Is their work quality? Is there product globbed in the locks? What techniques do they use?

Ask a lot of questions. If you don’t want products in your locks, make it very clear so there is no misunderstanding. Some people maintain locks with heavy products—and if that’s something that you’re uncomfortable with, it can be an irreparable mistake!

- KJ

Followers: Do you know of anyone in northern California, who starts locks?

anonymous asked:

My loose dreads :(

Hello!
Your locs look great. The method used to set them up often looks loose like this. However, they tighten up rather quickly. It may seem like they are fragile now, but they will mature quickly.
Here are some videos that will help you understnad how your hair will mature with this method:
Starter locs
Day 3
First wash
First retwist
6 weeks
3.5 months (no retwists; freeform)
13 months (no retwists; freeforming)
As you can see, this person’s comb coils matured on their own, even after he stopped retwisting. Especially since your hair is a thicker, coarser texture than his, you may find that your mature and condense even faster. Also, your texture is less likely to look bumpy like in the 3.5 month video. You will also likely have much less loose hair, especially if you retwist your hair. 
Regardless of your maintenance style, it’s just a waiting game. Your hair looks like it’s right on track right now, so don’t get discouraged! Just look forward to the future, and it’ll all work out!
- KJ
hi, my dreads are 6 months old. they're really brittle feeling like theres all these split ends poking out of them, how can i fix that? also my roots are shit, like some flat ones or weird bulging one side, I've been using beads to help get the bits back round but it takes ages and i can only use a few at a time or it looks dumb with all these beads on the roots of my head. palm rolling doesn't work, any other methods?

Anonymous

Hi,

It’s common for immature locks to be all frazzly at first. They are fuzzy and can itch. Unfortunately the only thing that can get rid of that frizz is time itself. You can reduce that frizz by crochet hooking your locks, but it won’t eliminate the problem entirely. Only time and maturation will do that.

Split ends can’t be really fixed on locks. Locks shouldn’t be trimmed unless they are matured. The best you can do is probably a protein treatment to help mend those ends. Even still, though, split ends are often irreparable damage.

As for your roots, the roots of immature locks like to be flat, loopy, and strange. You can try to crochet hook the loops away, but you shouldn’t put the hook within 1.5 inches of your scalp. So if the loops are close to your head, then there isn’t much you can do to fix it. However, the good news is that loops that close to the scalp rarely stay that way, so don’t worry about it. They will likely go away on their own.

Just be patient. baby locks are weird and have minds of their own. They’re hard to control, so it’s best not to fight it.

- KJ

blacknaturals:

♕ Naomi
I need help with my dreadies, I've had them for about 9 months but I don't know anyone in Phoenix who can help me keep up with them without drowning my head in beeswax. So if anyone sees this and can be of assistance I would greatly appreciate it!!

paulaweez

Aw, rats! I was just in Phoenix a few weeks ago! But I’m back in Alaska now, so I’m too far away to help!

I found one salon on this map that says they start locks. However, there is no portfolio for their work on their site, so I would call and ask questions before setting up an appointment.

You can also call around salons in your area and ask if any stylists offer locking services for your hair type. If not, be sure to ask if the salon knows of anyone who does have experience. That’s how I was referred to the person who started my locks.

But no matter which way you choose, be sure to ask lots of questions and be sure you know what kind of services you’re getting. Someone can have a nice portfolio, but it could be because they are globbing lots of product onto the hair that will cause problems later on down the line.

There is no nationalized requirement for all hairdressers to have experience with locking hair. So this means that some people will be educated with the know-how, and others won’t. Salon status isn’t enough to guarantee good work.

So when you find someone who claims to have experience with setting up and maintaining locks, look at their portfolio—do they know how to work with your hair texture? Is their work quality? Is there product globbed in the locks? What techniques do they use?

Ask a lot of questions. If you don’t want products in your locks,make it very clear so there is no misunderstanding. If you want a certain size of locks, then let them know. 

Your mileage will vary from stylist-to-stylist. But as long as you check out their portfolio and ask a lot of questions, you should be fine. These two things will help you weed out the rotten people before you set up an appointment.

- KJ

Followers: Do you know of anyone near Phoenix, Arizona, who starts locks?

contradictorypixie:

Four-day-old babies! Made with a crochet hook :3
naturalhaireverything:

2 years 9 months Many blessings to all
My locs are about 4 months old now- how long should I wait before I put in extensions?

Anonymous

At the four-month mark, it should be fine to add extensions. We generally advise people to wait about 3-6 months (unless being serviced by an experienced professional) before adding extensions to their locks.

- KJ

meiijustanobscenegirl:

I can’t wait for my choker to arrive :3
i had dread for about 6 months, than got them tightened at a professional dreadlocks salon. they lost probably 3 inches of length then (that was 4 months ago) and since then they have hardly grown! maybe a little bit but i haven't noticed much growth at all. I'm scared the growth process was halted by this and they'll never get long :( is there any way that's true?

Anonymous

Hello,

Locks can shrink over a period of 1-2 years. If your locks aren’t completely mature, then it is likely they are still shrinking.

I have had my locks for 25 and a half months; only now have they seemed to have “grown back” to the length of my loose hair when I first started. A little girl in my neighborhood saw me for the first time in a long while this summer. She asked me, “Why hasn’t your hair grown at all?”

This is why.

So what you’re experiencing now is your hair growing at a similar rate to your locks shrinking. Your locks will stop shrinking once they are fully mature, and after that, they will only grow—never to shrink again.

However, it may seem like after your locks are mature, your hair still grows slower. This is an error of perception. Even though locks don’t grow faster or slower than your free-flowing hair would, they appear to grow slower. This is for two reasons.

First, your hair doesn’t appear as long as it usually does when it knots up. This is because it is wiggling and loop-de-looping around in the lock, rather than hanging straight down. Your hair literally doesn’t shrink, but the total length of the lock does. This is normal, and after the maturation process is complete, your locks won’t get any shorter—they can only grow after that!

The second reason is related to the first: Since the hair has to squiggle around in the lock in order to knot up, your new growth has to do the same. Squiggled, knotted new growth looks like it grows slower, but it actually is just busy knotting up.

So, in total, locks seem to grow a tad bit slower than free-flowing hair, but it’s just because your individual hairs are all jumbled up, rather than falling straight down. 

I hope that makes sense and isn’t too confusing!

- KJ

seasnowsmile:

Célfie 💕